“Venom” is currently at the top of the box-office, the character originally a creation for the “Spider-Man” comics by famed writer and artist Todd McFarlane.
McFarlane’s other most famous creation though is “Spawn,” the comics property that has previously been adapted twice for the screen – the 1997 PG-13 fantasy film which wasn’t well received, and the acclaimed 1999 HBO animated series which was very R-rated and strictly for adults.
McFarlane has long been trying to get a new film version of “Spawn” off the ground for years, one closer to the comics and HBO series. He finally found a home with Blumhouse Productions recently who are going to help him make it with Jamie Foxx starring as the title character, Jeremy Renner co-starring and Greg Nicotero designing the character.
IGN caught up with McFarlane at the New York Comic Con and asked him about the tone the new “Spawn” is going for and where it’s progressing. Turns out much of the problem with getting “Spawn” made is that Hollywood treats it like a superhero and that’s not what he’s aiming for:
“If you think about it as a horror [film] it makes complete sense. If you think about it as Captain America it falls apart. Here’s what I’m trying to get Hollywood to understand because they still don’t quite get it – I want to do a dead-serious scary movie that happens to be a superhero, right? And so they keep tripping into this superhero part and I wish I could almost take that piece out of it.”
Indeed the plan is to go dark, and not ‘it could’ve been PG-13 if we cut it’ level dark but something very R-rated and very much not for kids from the outset:
“There have been a couple of R-rated movies out there. They even teased us a little bit with Venom before they went to PG-13. But they’re not going to go dark in my definition of dark or Jason Blum’s definition of dark or Greg Nicotero’s definition of dark. Their dark is, ‘here’s PG-13, here’s R’. They go over a little bit. We’re talking over here. We’re talking that it would make your kids cry. If you’re going to do dark R, make the children cry who are under 10. That’s the movie. Do I think that The Joker is gonna make 10-year-olds cry? Nope. Would I make them cry? Sure I would because I’d be doing a movie for adults.”
There’s still no word as to when we’ll see the film or of a potential production schedule.